3 Tasting Notes
Sakuma farms manages the only tea plantation in the Pacific northwest, and so far as I can tell, the only tea plantation in the western half of north America. I was enthusiastic that I might be able to drink tea grown in my own region!
I like it, but I don’t love it. Sakuma Farm’s Oolong tea has a delightful, sweet flavor, almost syrupy. I miss the roasty or flavor that I usually look for in oolongs, but the flavor is very pleasant. Another comparison with other oolongs: I can usually steep oolong teas two or three times before losing flavor, but Sakuma’s oolong loses most of its flavor in the first steeping making an already expensive tea much more dear. Perhaps I got an odd batch, but it’s not my favorite tea.
This is currently my favorite store-bought tea. It is very flexible with regards to temperature: steeps well at cool temperatures as well as at nearly boiling (though boiling water does taste noticeably worse). It is also very flexible as regards steep time: it gets a nice full flavor steeped lightly (under 3 minutes), but when I’ve forgot and left the leaves in the water for more than 8-10 minutes, it doesn’t taste over-steeped. It does seem to demand a rinse, though a few seconds’ cold water rinse is all it really takes. Delicious, and I enjoy it at any time of day (though I have to be careful not to drink too late in the day…)